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5 candidates for Algeria's contested presidential vote

Nov. 2, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral body Saturday announced five candidates for the Dec. 12 presidential election, including two former prime ministers and all products of the system challenged by months of pro-democracy protests. The electoral authority validated the candidacies of former prime...

Algerians protest election plan, celebrate independence

Nov. 1, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian police struggled Friday to contain thousands of demonstrators who surged through the capital to protest plans for next month's presidential election and to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the start of Algeria's war for independence from France. Waving Algerian and banned...

Algeria approves 23 presidential candidates for Dec. 12 vote

Oct. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral authority says 23 candidates have qualified for the North African country's controversial presidential vote on Dec 12. The election comes eight months after strongman former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the spring after months of mass protests....

Algerian ex-president's brother, former spy bosses convicted

Sep. 25, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military court in Algeria on Wednesday sentenced the brother of the country's longtime former leader and two ex-intelligence chiefs to 15 years in prison for plotting against the state. The overnight ruling against men who once wielded immense power in Africa's largest country...

Top Algerian figures go on military trial for alleged plot

Sep. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military tribunal on Monday opened the unprecedented trial of a brother of the country's longtime former president and two ex-intelligence chiefs, accusing them of plotting against the state. Heavy security, with roadblocks leading to the courthouse in Blida, south of...

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though this...

Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

Sep. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has ordered a clampdown on those who head into the capital for weekly demonstrations. In a speech Wednesday at an army barracks in the south of the gas-rich nation, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said members of the military — or gendarmes — should arrest...

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Sep. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address...

Algeria protesters jailed before speech by interim president

Sep. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has jailed 22 citizens detained during a protest march two days ago in a new sign that authorities may be trying to put the brakes on a pro-democracy movement demonstrating weekly for nearly seven months. The TSA online media outlet reported the incarcerations on...

Algerian army chief wants new election; protesters want more

Sep. 14, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is at a harrowing political impasse. Africa's largest country hasn't had an elected president for five months, and the powerful army chief wants to change that by holding an election, which he hopes will quell long-running protests he sees as a threat to his energy-rich...